Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Welcome to my blog!

Welcome to The World In A Teacup! Although I’ve long published an electronic newsletter through my website, www.teawithfriends.com, I thought it would be fun to have a more informal way to chat about tea and travel. They’re two of my favorite topics.

When I was growing up my father was a career Air Force officer and, like so many military families, we found ourselves on the move nearly every three years. One memorable year our mail was delivered to El Paso, Texas; Dover, Delaware; and Taranto, Italy. The next year we moved to Dayton, Ohio and the year after that someplace else. But, no matter where in the world we found ourselves, my mother’s first act in every new kitchen was to unpack a kettle and brew a pot of tea. Tea and travel stuck with me.

As an adult I moved from Ohio to Florida, on to a 5th floor walk-up in New York, and finally to urban New Jersey. Thought my moving days were over, but 3 months after my husband and I bought a fixer-upper country house, he accepted a job in London and off we went. Every weekend I threw the poor man on a train and we hurtled all over England, Cornwall, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, exploring the countryside, participating in regional festivals, taking cooking classes and asking countless questions.

Now, back on this side of the Atlantic, I write and speak about tea and conduct tea-themed sipping, shopping and walking tours of New York City when I’m not hot on the tea trail in Paris or Peru, China, India, Japan, or Spain. I hope to share tea hot spots, tips, traditions and travel tales and learn about your tea adventures, too.